This is posted on Dan's board also, but felt it appropriate for your new board Lynn. Again, thanks for doing this!!
"An EXTRA-Ordinary Nightę
Today your Savior was born in the town of David. He is Christ, the Lord.
An ordinary night with ordinary sheep and ordinary shepherds. And were it not for a God who loves to hook an "extra" on the front of the ordinary, the night would have gone unnoticed. The sheep would have been forgotten, and the shepherds would have slept the night away.
But God dances amidst the common. And that night he did a waltz.
The black sky exploded with brightness. Trees that had been shadows jumped into clarity. Sheep that had been silent became a chorus of curiosity. One minute the shepherd was dead asleep, the next he was rubbing his eyes and staring into the face of an alien.
The night was ordinary no more.
The angel came in the night because that is when lights are best seen and that is when they are most needed. God comes into the common for the same reason. His most powerful tools are the simplest..
The Applause of Heaven
- Max Lucado"
The Christmas naysayers often, mistakenly btw, say that this is not Jesus' birthday, that the date was taken from pagan celebrations. True and true. But what is the whole truth here?
1-We are not celebrating His 'birthday' - rather we celebrate His BIRTH.
2-Yes, the dates that were chosen took advantage of the custom of pagan celebration at the end of December. But then, God used the Passover time, and all its symbolism, for Jesus' death, burial and resurrection. God has often used earthly tools to accomplish His plan for us and, imho we did well to follow His example in accepting the December date to celebrate together the LORD's birth.
A MERRY AND BLESSED
CHRISTMAS TO YOU ALL!!